Prep Your Winter Emergency Weather Kit

by Alex Williams

You’re probably familiar with emergency kits, but have you ever considered packing a shovel in your trunk or hauling around a bag of kitty litter? How about a jar of peanut butter?

Hauling that shovel could come in handy if your car ever lands in a ditch. And having that kitty litter on standby could offer the much needed traction you’d need to dig it out. As for the peanut butter, when you burn all those calories digging through the snow, a jar of peanut butter could provide some nourishment in a pinch.

Better safe than sorry

Winter weather can turn a routine trip into a dangerous situation, but being prepared can make the difference between life and death when facing hypothermia.

No one plans to be marooned roadside, but with severe weather looming, it’s always a possibility. Be ready for Jack Frost with a Winter Emergency Weather Kit.

Consider the basics:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Cell phone and car charger
  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • Candle with matches or lighter
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Shovel
  • Hazard sign or brightly colored flag
  • Kitty litter or sand
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food items
  • Warm clothing, winter boots, gloves
  • Blanket
  • Battery jump pack or jumper cables

If you live in a rural area or are taking a longer trip, your needs may be different so consider adding a few extra items to your kit.

Add-on items:

  • Flares and emergency strobes
  • Light sticks
  • Disposable hand warmers
  • Toilet paper
  • Basic tool kit
  • Tire chains/tow rope

In the case of highway accidents or ice storms, motorists may get stranded in groups. Ensure you have enough supplies for you and your family and pack a little extra to help other stranded motorists.

You can also buy ready-made kits in stores and online. Make sure whatever you buy includes the basics. Also update your kit twice a year to ensure your supplies and tools are in good working order.

Wishing you and your family, safe and happy travels from COUNTRY Financial®.

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